Laundry Stain Stick | Zero Waste
This handmade, old-fashioned hand cut laundry stain stick | zero waste is perfect for pretreating stains, grimy spots, and other laundry mishaps before your regular laundering. It has powerful cleaning agents mixed right into the soap at trace. No mystery ingredients or unnecessary water or fillers in this product, so you can use it with confidence. This bar will last quite a while because you only need to use a tiny amount in each application. Just dampen the stain and the corner of the bar, and give it a good scrub. Then put it in with the normal wash.
This laundry stain stick is not full of chemical enzymes and phosphate-based detergents like the commercial stuff. While we’ve definitely tested this bar against regular family stains, it might fail the lumberjack test, if you know what I mean. Each stick is sized just right to make a comfortable-sized block for holding in your hand while scrubbing. It is as big as a full size bath bar – enough to use in your favorite DIY laundry detergent recipe. Your bar may vary slightly in appearance or shape, since these are all hand cut. However, your soap will weigh in at around 2.5 ounces plus or minus a bit. Furthermore, we wrap this plastic free product in reclaimed brown paper and a recycled kraft label, sealed with homemade wheatpaste glue. No plastic anywhere in this packaging!
This bar also makes an excellent laundry detergent if you use it in place of Fels Naptha in your favorite recipe.
As an ecofriendly alternative to dish detergent, this bar can’t be beat! I’ve been keeping a bar of this soap in a dish next to the sink. To wash dishes, I just swipe my dish cloth or scrubber around on the soap bar, and then wash away. It’s fantastic!
Campers, backpackers and hunters will also find this to be an effective soap for washing clothes on the trail. It is biodegradable, fragrance-free, and lightweight. You can just shave a sliver off the bar with your pocket knife, dissolve it in hot water, and use it to wash your clothes. Or, you can rub the dry bar on the wet laundry and agitate it in a pot of water, and then rinse. Grate some in a pot of hot water to wash the dishes. I have found it to be much more effective in camp than the standard castile stuff that leaves an oily residue and that distinct peppermint smell/taste on everything you wash.
Disclaimer – this soap is made without the “superfatting” most cold-processed soaps are made with. That means it is not a gentle or moisturizing soap. It is a bit harsh. If you have sensitive skin or any kind of skin issues, you might want to handle it carefully. It is not meant for washing hands or body.
Materials: vegetable oils, sodium hydroxide, borax, baking soda, sugar, and salt, orange essential oil, thyme essential oil
You’ll definitely also want to check out our organic, vegan, zero waste laundry soap in the Tiny Yellow Bungalow zero waste online shop!
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